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When a Las Vegas bodyguard with lethal skills and a gambling problem gets in trouble with the mob, he has one last play… and it's all or nothing.
|Studio :||Current Entertainment, Lionsgate, Sierra / Affinity,|
|Crew :||Art Department Coordinator, Construction Coordinator,|
|Cast :||Jason Statham Jason Alexander Stanley Tucci Max Casella Anne Heche|
|Genre :||Drama Thriller Crime|
Good movie, but best of all time? Hardly . . .
As Good As It Gets
The movie's neither hopeful in contrived ways, nor hopeless in different contrived ways. Somehow it manages to be wonderful
It’s sentimental, ridiculously long and only occasionally funny
I'm really not sure what people are looking for in a Jason Statham film, but if you are a Statham fan, this should have it. If you go and judge Shakespeare by his fight sequences, or a Statham movie by it's high culture, you will be disappointed in each. This movie has crisp occasionally humorous dialogue, sexy women, intense, really well choreographed fight scenes, some decent characters, and a fairly lightweight plot. There are only a few fight sequences in this 90 minute movie, but they are so good. If you look down the line, almost every Statham movie has the same rating, strengths, and complaints. If you like Statham, watch this. If you want drama, check out some re-runs of Downton Abbey, though I understand the fight sequences are terrible.
Before going further, do yourself a favour and don't watch the trailer, they give away too much! Instead watch without even reading the summary and the surprises might make the movie more enjoyable.When checking out a Jason Statham movie the first thing I want to know is, does it show off his great fighting skills? And the answer is yes - but, there's a long wait and it's very scarce.This is a different Statham here, he does put on a different character, so some points for his acting. But the story just seems to lose focus after a reasonably good start and therefore lacks the intensity to keep the interest. They have some good elements but then throw it away and you end up wondering what's the movie all about. It seemed like a failed attempt at a drama or thriller.The (very) few action scenes are what saved it from being less than five stars. Homefront and The Equalizer are examples of films that didn't have that much action, but were good thrillers that kept me entertained in-between. This one took a bit of effort to finish. But if you're a JS fan like me, give it a try, who knows, you might end liking it a bit more than me, just don't expect much!
Great action sequences and a good performance by Statham, but the story line leaves a lot to be desired. In a day and age when 2+ hour long movies are the norm, this one deserved at least that extra 30 minutes. Just when the character development for Nick finally arrives at a point that generates audience sympathy, one final action sequence occurs and the end credits roll. I expected Statham to have to turn around and rescue the girl or his new friend and was rather surprised when the credits rolled. The ending leaves a lot of plot holes, such as Cyrus giving Nick a check, which obviously can be traced back to Cyrus. The hotel housekeeper mentions that the antagonist is the heir of a rich Italian family, so wouldn't they go after Cyrus for revenge?In short, this could have been much better than it was. The writer should have extended the story just a tad bit longer.
'Wild Card' is a fun ride. It's about as disjointed and unfocused as you'll ever see a modern film, but it's fun nonetheless. Jason Statham carries the movie. We follow him from start to finish and it's simply a pleasure. I don't know what it is about the guy, he's just a very likable actor to watch. He's an action star through and through (you'll never see him being nominated for an Academy Award, at least not for acting) and he just does what he does very well. Is he alone enough to make a film watchable? I'd say so, yes.The action scenes are well directed, for the most part, and the story, while a bit all over the place, is never dull. The question that keeps coming to mind is what is the point? Generally movies like this have a central plot-point that the whole thing revolves around, but in this there are little plot pieces all over the place. Perhaps this was just an attempt to show Statham's character in many different lights. Afterall, I'd watch another movie about this guy. If you're willing to not over-analyse, I think you'll enjoy the film.